Course of Study

The MA-PECO program begins in the second half of August with a preparatory non-credit course on mathematical methods. The objective of this course will be to fill any gaps in the student’s knowledge of basic mathematical techniques commonly used in economic analysis and applied statistics. This course is not required for students who can provide some evidence that they are capable of dealing with the technical material in the subsequent courses. Those who do take the preparatory course will not be given credit towards the course requirements.

Students will take the required core courses in the Fall in Brussels. Typically, core courses are taught by faculty members of Georgetown University and Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management.

  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • Political Economy
  • Data Analysis

After the completion of the required core courses students choose six elective courses (3 in the Spring term and 3 in the Summer term). Examples of elective courses which might be offered in a typical year are the following:

  • Agricultural and Food Policy
  • ​Design and Measurement of the Impact of Public Policies
  • Development Economics
  • Economic Forecasting
  • Energy Economics and Policy
  • Environmental Economics
  • Financial Economics
  • Health Economics
  • Industrial Organization
  • International Trade
  • International Finance
  • Open Economy Macroeconomics
  • Public Economics
  • Public Policy Workshop
  • Regulatory Economics

To outline a typical course of study, consider a full time student commencing the program in the fall. With the current academic calendar a student would be able to satisfy the requirements of the program with the following schedule:

Fall  Spring  Summer 
Macroeconomics Elective I Elective IV
Microeconomics Elective II Elective V
Political Economy Elective III Elective VI
Data Analysis